I haven’t done a speedworkout in a while and I was excited. The last time I did one, I bonked big time.
It was drizzling a little when I got to BHS but this light drizzling didn’t stop the other runners and bikers so Mesh and I had no excuse but to join them.
I had to make a few adjustment with our repeats distance since its been a while since we last did a speedworkout. Instead of 1.6km, I decided to cut it to 800s. I also added distance to our warm-up, I was hoping that this will help us hit the pace. Target pace for today is 5:08min/km.
After the 1st loop, I could feel my legs warming up. I was able to do an easy 730ish. Pretty soon it was time to do the first repeat. My legs were still fresh so I was able to hit the pace. I glanced at my watch and saw that I was at 4:30 pace. I pulled back because I still had 2 repeats to do and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to go faster and faster or stick to the pace just like in the tempo runs (will read up on this later). Mesh disappeared somewhere around Honda. I wasn’t sure where she went. Hmm… (I found out later that she got distracted by a man singing in the corner and all the activities around BHS so she decided to have a stroll instead. Happy to report that she completed her speedrepeats in the gym.)
The 2nd repeat, I stayed at 5ish. Looking back the legs were fine but I was watching my breathing more. I wasn’t gasping for air but I was breathing heavily.
The 3rd repeat was a commitment test for me. I could have stopped but I really wanted to finish this workout strong and I did. My pace was a bit erratic not like the first 2 repeats but I still stuck to the 5:08ish pace.
Next speedworkout, I can probably add 1 or 2 more repeats.
So what did I learn today:
1. It’s always good to have a plan B.
2. Nothing beats having a proper warm-up.
3. Sometimes you just need to suck it in and complete your workout.
Rest tomorrow and then 23Ks long on Sunday!